Dr. Martin Kaonga Director of Science & Conservation A Rocha International
“Trees are an invaluable part of our world. In fact there would be no life on earth without trees and other plants. They produce oxygen for us and other animals to use, and they absorb the carbon dioxide we breathe out! Trees also provide habitat and food for countless animals, and food and medicines for people. Forests are the nurseries of life – they contain more species per hectare than any other kind of land-based habitat...
“That’s why we need to protect them, and why the work of A Rocha’s tropical forests programme is so important. Around the world we are working with Christian communities who live in or near to, and depend on, forests, from Peru and Brazil, to Kenya and Ghana, to India. The people who live around these forests are – with us –trustees of these wonderful parts of God’s creation...
“Working with local Christian communities we can help prevent deforestation, and learn more of God’s purposes and God’s handiwork. Trees also have an important place in the Bible! They are signs of life and God’s provision - from the trees in the Garden to Eden to the Tree of Life in the New Jerusalem. Wherever we live, we have trees as our neighbours, and we can help care for them, study their ecology, and take part in tree- planting.”
“The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground - trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” Genesis 2:9
The tree of life “Wisdom is a tree of life to those who take hold of her.” Prov. 3:18 “Solomon spoke about plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of walls. He also spoke about animals and birds, reptiles and fish.” 1 K. 4:33